These are some of the most frequently asked questions about me and my work:
How do you pronounce your name?
This question comes up a lot. It rhymes with starry. (sh-are-ee)
How do you co-author a series?
I have no idea how other people go about it, but Jake and I prefer to say we collaborate on our projects. The idea, the plot, and the characters belong to both of us. We talk, talk, talk about the book as much as we can. (It’s a lot of fun.) I do the actual writing, usually bugging him often with questions or things I want to go over. After I finish with a chapter or two, Jake sits down and reads it, and then we make changes together. If the new scenes spark ideas for later scenes or books in the series, we talk it out right then.
Do you do blog interviews?
If the blog is a good fit for my readers, I’d love to! Feel free to contact me.
Will you write an endorsement for my book?
I occasionally write endorsements for books I discover and love in my personal reading, but I’m not accepting endorsement requests right now. My family is in a very busy season of life, and I’ve had to limit my work-related commitments.
Do you do newsletter swaps?
Yes, but only if I feel the book is genuinely a good fit for my readers.
Are your books clean?
I have a complete content guide for each of my series here.
What does your writing process look like?
My process is constantly changing, and it will look completely different from series to series, even book to book. Most often, I know key scenes that will happen in my project, and I’ll connect the dots as I go, discovering things along the way. I’m that weird hybrid writer who’s not a plotter or a pantser, but a plantser. (And no, I have no idea who came up with these names.)
One thing stays constant, however: characters show up fully formed. I have very little control over them, and they remind me quite often. I also have zero control over tone. The character’s personalities set that, and I’m just here to type. ;)
18 thoughts on “FAQ”
Do you have an estimated release date for Sugar and Spice?
Hi Reyna, We don’t have an estimated date yet, but I’ve been working on my release schedule, and I feel confident it will be out by next April.
I noticed you brought Lionel back for the end of Elodie of the Sea, and he has a woman he speaks to. But I don’t see any listed novels or novelettes or anything that tells his story. Will you ever tell Lionel’s story and finish the stories of the main competitors from Pippa’s tournament?
Hi! It’s definitely possible. I purposely left it open. I do know his story, and I would be willing to write it if I get enough interest. Thank you for stopping by!
I just finished the Silver and Orchids series and must say, it’s one of my favorite series of all time. I miss it already! Greybrow Serpant was absolutely transporting. Would you ever consider adding to the series, and/or telling Sebastian’s story? I wondered what would happen to him and Adeline, and of course the Greybrows in the future.
I’m so glad to hear you liked it! I’m actually working on a companion novel to the Silver & Orchids books that takes place about ten years after Lily of the Desert.
I also plan to do a Silver & Orchids spin-off series in the future, though I’m not exactly sure when that will release.
Thank you for stopping by! (And sorry it took me so long to respond–I just saw your comment.)
Do you release your books anywhere but online? I would love to have a paper copy of your books!!
Hi Harmony, I have paperbacks available on Amazon. I’m looking into hardcovers, and I’m hoping to eventually distribute those to more retailers. Thank you for stopping by! 😊
Do you have more than 2 books planned for the River Kingdoms series?
I can’t wait to read the second book, but I’ll want to make myself wait if it will be a cliff hanger like the first one.
I’m just finishing up the second book, and the series is looking like it’s going to end up being four books total. The second book will be out in August, the third in November, and then the fourth and final book will release in February.
Thank you for stopping by!
I just finished the silver & orchids series… in 3 days! I loved it. Specifically enjoyed the complexities of the character. Even the minor characters had good development. I loved the added aspects of morals. I’m a bit sad to see the end. Although I noticed there are endless possibilities of continuing stories set in the same world..I’d love to read what you could dream up for the twins… mishaps they’d get into that would make their parents adventure seem dull
Sorry to reply late! I’m so happy you enjoyed the series. That group of characters was one of my favorites! Maybe someday I’ll be able to return to their world!
Thank you for reading!
Do you do signed copies of your book? I’m obsessed with the Riven Kingdom series and would love signed copies.
Also do you plan on doing a more fan orientated Facebook page?
Thanks so much!
Hi Samantha! I’m so happy to hear you’re enjoying the series! I have an online book shop I open up occasionally for signed copies, and I do plan to open it after Age of Auroras releases, probably early to mid-February.
Also, I’m definitely open to the idea of doing a fan-oriented Facebook group. I’ll poll my readers in this next newsletter, and if there’s enough interest, I might get one going! Fun idea–thank you!
Thanks for dropping by!
– Shari :)
Do you have swag? If so, where can I buy it?
Hi Miriam! I don’t have any swag right now. If you want to let me know what sort of items you have in mind, and for what series you’re specifically interested in, I can talk to my team about it and maybe offer something in the future.
Thanks for stopping by!
I was just reading “The Queen of Gold and Straw” and I was just wondering if there was going to be any further books about Rune or Rupunzel. I’m kind of left wondering what happens to them
Hi Cindy! Rune’s story continues in The Sorceress in Training, the third book in the series. :)